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Renderings Unveiled for NFL Stadium Next to L.A. Live

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 04:11PM
L.A. Event Center Proposal by Gensler Gensler

L.A. Event Center Proposal by Gensler



At 5pm, AEG is set to officially announce the three finalists for the design of the L.A. Events Center, the company's proposed retractable-roof NFL stadium that would rise next to L.A. Live. blogdowntown will update our story with information from that press event.

Gensler, HKS and HNTB are the three architectural finalists for the design of the Los Angeles Event Center, AEG's proposed NFL stadium that would rise next to Staples Center and the L.A. Live complex.

Last week, AEG CEO Tim Leiweke said that the company plans to make a final selection in January.

The three were among nine architecture firms that AEG sent a Request for Proposals to in early November. That document called for the design of a stadium that would have 72,000 seats and 218 suites. The retractable roof is intended to allow the complex to compete for indoor events such as the Final Four.

Gensler designed the 54-story Ritz Carlton tower that would overlook the stadium site. The firm added sports experience in 2009 with the hiring of architect Ron Turner, who had led the design of Staples Center while working for NBBJ and then continued work on the complex while in the Downtown L.A. office of RTKL.

HKS is responsible for Cowboys Stadium, a facility that AEG executives studied closely in the process of planning their own venture. Locally, the firm also worked on recent renovations to Dodger Stadium.

HNTB has extensive experience in the world of college sports, designed the Denver Broncos' INVESCO Field at Mile High, and is designing the San Francisco 49ers proposed new stadium in the Bay Area.

Clearing the stadium site would require the demolition of the Los Angeles Convention Center's aging West Hall. AEG has said that it is negotiating with the city on a deal to build new convention space connected to the newer South Hall, but thus far has not detailed its proposals on that part of the development.

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<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/4254849/">Which of the L.A. Event Center design proposals do you prefer?</a>

» Live Updates — Last: December 15, 2010

  • 06:30PM Q&A wrapping up. They're impressed by what was presented and excited to move forward. (ERIC)
  • 06:28PM What makes this time around different — Romani: It's about the events center, more than just the NFL. (ERIC)
  • 06:19PM Tailgating — Ted Tanner: We're hoping that people use our restaurants (ERIC)
  • 06:19PM Seismic Impact on Cost — Romani: balances out with the lack of wind and snow relative to other projects (ERIC)
  • 06:15PM Romani: Don't fall in love with one rendering, because these concepts were "developed in a vacuum." Final design will change. (ERIC)
  • 06:11PM Simultaneous Use -- Ted Tanner: EIR process will include study of what uses could take place at the same time in the complex (ERIC)
  • 06:11PM Convention Center -- Romani: Plan would be to build new convention hall over Pico. Construction could start Dec. 1, 2011. (ERIC)
  • 06:08PM Criteria for picking? Experience first, not just as a firm but as individuals. Strong project management. Most creative ideas. (ERIC)
  • 06:07PM Q&A is getting started (ERIC)
  • 06:05PM Romani is back, talking about costs. Chart shows numbers for five recent or proposed stadiums, ranging from $395 to $810 million (ERIC)
  • 05:59PM Terry Miller of HNTB is the last one up. Their firm is already based Downtown. (ERIC)
  • 05:56PM Bryan Trubey of HKS is up now. Calls the project a unique opportunity nationally. (ERIC)
  • 05:54PM Turner confirmed that Gensler is moving their office a few blocks away to City National Plaza (ERIC)
  • 05:52PM Introducing Ron Turner with Gensler. Turner designed Staples Center while with RTKL. (ERIC)
  • 05:46PM Important to note that design teams only had one month to respond to the stadium RFP. Went out November 3, back December 3 (ERIC)
  • 05:43PM Tim Romani of Icon Venue Group is the first speaker. The firm is the owner's representative on the stadium project. (ERIC)
  • 05:40PM Here at the Ritz-Carlton, where the press conference is just getting started (ERIC)

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